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That Was a Show?

52 EpisodesProduced by Radio Gizmo: Brynn, Aaron & BarryWebsite

The podcast about failed or forgotten sitcoms from the 80s and 90s.Many sitcoms have stood the test of time and have millions of adoring fans—but those shows were diamonds in the rough. This podcast is not about those diamonds, it's about the rough. Some sitcoms were briefly popular in their time, s… read more

52 Episodes | 2020 - 2022

Gloria - A spinoff that’s only *somewhat* In The Family

August 5th, 2022


Gloria WAS a show. This 1983 sitcom was a spin-off of a spin-off from the iconic All In The Family universe...but without Norman Lear and Carroll …

Hudson Street - starring Tony Danza as Tony (yes, again!)

July 18th, 2022


Hudson Street WAS a show. Tony Danza plays yet another character named Tony in this story about a divorced police detective in Hoboken, New Jersey. …

BadAptation Series: Baby Talk - starring Tony Danza and George Clooney, based on Look Who’s Talking

June 23rd, 2022


Baby Talk WAS a show. She’s a single mother looking for love; he’s a baby whose thoughts we can hear. That’s uh, that’s pretty much it. It’s Baby Talk! Join Brynn, Aaron and Barry, as they try to goo-goo gah-gah their …

Free Spirit - or Witch Nanny? Featuring young Alyson Hannigan

May 20th, 2022


Free Spirit WAS a show. A single dad struggles to balance his at-home law practice with raising three kids. When his youngest son casually wishes for someone who’ll pay more attention to him, a witch named Winnie …

Phenom - Starring Judith Light & William Devane

April 28th, 2022


Phenom WAS a show. This 90s family sitcom featured a teenage tennis champ, a Carly Simon song, and Catholic guilt. It had a stacked cast of TV …

(Bonus Episode) Revisiting teenage Jason Bateman in It’s Your Move

April 8th, 2022


In this special bonus episode, Brynn & Aaron rewind the old VHS collection, and look back at the show It’s Your Move from Season 1, Episode 17 of …

Something Wilder - Starring Gene Wilder

March 26th, 2022


Something Wilder WAS a show. This harmless family sitcom was developed as a vehicle for the Hollywood legend Gene Wilder. Join Brynn, Aaron & …

One Of The Boys starring Dana Carvey, Nathan Lane and Mickey Rooney - with guest Neal E. Fischer

March 4th, 2022


One Of The Boys WAS a show. What do you get when you bring together Dana Carvey in his first starring role, Nathan Lane in his first starring role, …

BadAptation Series: Ferris Bueller starring Jennifer Aniston - with guest Simone Smith

February 17th, 2022


Ferris Bueller WAS a show. The iconic John Hughes classic about high school rebellion from 1986 was reimagined as a sitcom in 1990. Matthew Broderick …

BadAptation Series: Working Girl - The Sitcom (1990) Starring Sandra Bullock

February 3rd, 2022


Working Girl WAS a show. It was a successful 1988 Mike Nichols movie first, and then naturally they rebooted it as a sitcom two years later. Both …

BadAptation Series: A League of Their Own - The Sitcom (1993)

January 20th, 2022


A League of Their Own WAS a show. Welcome to the first episode in our “BadAptation” series—the 1992 film “A League of Their Own” was adapted into a sitcom with the same title and premise a mere one year later in 1993. …

2021 Year in Review

January 1st, 2022


2021 WAS a year. We look back on some of our favourite—and least favourite—shows, characters, tropes, sets and other sitcom artifacts from our reviews over the past year. Brynn, Aaron & Barry each give their pick …

A Very Special Episode: The TWAS Holiday Office Party!

December 23rd, 2021


Well, it’s that time of year again! Brynn, Aaron & Barry had a classy little holiday office party to celebrate another year of podcasting. They …

Good Advice - Starring Shelly Long and featuring Estelle “Costanza” Harris

December 9th, 2021


Good Advice WAS a show. She’s a marriage counselor going through a divorce. He’s a divorce attorney who can’t settle down. They’re sharing an office, but can they share…a heart? Join Brynn, Aaron & Barry as they …

Everything’s Relative (1999) - Not a mistake, a different show!

November 27th, 2021


Everything’s Relative WAS a show. We’re not joking—there’s another failed sitcom with this title. This one was created by Mitchell Hurwitz, and spoiler, not much happens in it. Brynn, Aaron & Barry have a great time …

Everything’s Relative - Starring Jason Alexander before he was George on Seinfeld

November 11th, 2021


Everything’s Relative WAS a show. Before he became known for his iconic role as George Costanza, Jason Alexander made his television comedy debut on …

Camp Wilder - Starring Jerry O'Connell, Jay Mohr and Oscar-winner Hilary Swank!

October 28th, 2021


Camp Wilder WAS a show. In this 1992 sitcom, after the death of her parents a 28 year old single mother moves back to her hometown to be the guardian …

Rachel Gunn R.N. - Starring Christine Ebersole and an underutilized Megan Mullally

October 8th, 2021


Rachel Gunn R.N. WAS a show. This early 90s comedy featured the most unprofessional hospital staff in television history, a lot of former Chippendales guys, an inexplicable amount of dancing, and Batman before he was …

Not My Department! - Our First/Première Canadian Sitcom Review!

September 16th, 2021


Not My Department WAS a show. This 1987 satire was produced by the CBC and takes on government bureaucracy in Ottawa. The show centres around the fictional Department of Regional Incentive Targets, or DRIT. Quelle idée …

Sibs - Part Sitcom, Part Off-Broadway Drama

September 2nd, 2021


Sibs WAS a show. This early 90s sitcom centred around the wacky misadventures of three sisters trying to navigate adulthood together, it also …

The Famous Teddy Z - Starring young Jon Cryer

August 20th, 2021


The Famous Teddy Z WAS a show. Baby Jon Cryer stars as Teddy Zakalokis, the young bumbling agent of an eccentric (and evil?) movie star inspired by Marlon Brando. Brynn, Aaron & Barry discuss this sitcom’s sharp …

Saved by the Bell: The College Years + Saved by the Bell 2020 Reboot reviewed!

July 30th, 2021


Saved by the Bell: The College Years WAS a show. This 1993 sequel picks up right where the original series left off. Zack, Slater and Screech move …

Small Wonder - The weirdest sitcom of the 80s?

July 16th, 2021


Small Wonder WAS a show. This baffling piece of pop culture refuse miraculously aired for four seasons. It centred around the wacky hijinks of a …

Top of the Heap - Starring Matt LeBlanc and Mr. Fluffy the Cat

July 2nd, 2021


Top of the Heap WAS a show. It was the first of two Married…With Children spinoffs starring Matt LeBlanc as working class “himbo” Vinnie Verducci. …

Vinnie & Bobby - Matt LeBlanc’s Joey Before Joey + Review of the Friends Reunion!

June 17th, 2021


Vinnie & Bobby WAS a show. Buried deep within the filthy bowels of Married With Children was a backdoor pilot for a show called Top Of The Heap starring Matt LeBlanc. It lasted seven episodes. But because everyone

Season 1 Finale! That Was a Season?

May 6th, 2021


Brynn, Aaron & Barry look back at a full 90s-sitcom-season worth of podcast episodes. The hosts watch another episode of a show they reviewed …

Jennifer Slept Here - A Show About “The Most Beautiful Ghost in the World”

April 16th, 2021


Jennifer Slept Here WAS a show. These are the actual lyrics to the theme song:

“I just saw the most beautiful ghost in the world—she slept here. I …

Pearl - Starring Rhea Perlman, Malcolm McDowell, Carol Kane and Lucy Liu

March 27th, 2021


Pearl WAS a show. This story of a middle-aged loading dock manager (Perlman) who finally gets to go to university may have only lasted one season, but it certainly had an all star cast! She spars with her pompous and …

Get a Life - Starring Chris Elliott

March 11th, 2021


Get a Life WAS a show. Before he moved to Schitt’s Creek, Chris Elliot was a 30 year old paper boy who died constantly. You read correctly… anyway, …

The Nutt House - A Sitcom by Mel Brooks, Starring the Great Cloris Leachman

February 25th, 2021


The Nutt House WAS a show. Back in 1989 this short-lived sitcom was co-created by Mel Brooks, modeled after the absurd farcical style of comedy …

The John Larroquette Show - A Show Starring John Larroquette, with Special Guest Stars: 3 out of 4 Golden Girls

February 11th, 2021


The John Larroquette Show WAS a show. Hot on the heels of three Emmy wins for Night Court, Larroquette was the star of this very, very dark tragicomedy about a struggling down and out writer who becomes the night …

Sports Night - Aaron Sorkin’s First Show

January 28th, 2021


Sports Night WAS a show. From 1998-2000, this was the first series created by legendary Hollywood screenwriter Aaron Sorkin. The show starred Peter …

It’s Your Move - Starring Teenaged Jason Bateman

January 14th, 2021


It’s Your Move WAS a show. This short-lived predecessor by the creators of Married...with Children co-stars David Garrison and an adolescent Jason …

DVD Bonus Features: More Classic Holiday Shows!

December 26th, 2020


*Content Warning* Scandalous descriptions of Santa. Do not listen in the vicinity of children...

We couldn’t manage to squeeze all this holiday cheer …

A Very Special Episode: Holiday Spectacular!

December 22nd, 2020


*Content Warning* Scandalous descriptions of Santa. Do not listen in the vicinity of children...

2020 WAS a year. Brynn, Aaron & Barry celebrate …

Out of This World - Starring Burt Reynolds...sort of

December 10th, 2020


Out of This World WAS a show. It ran for 4 seasons and became a hugely nostalgic cult sitcom for Gen-Xers and older Millennials. The show is …

Stark Raving Mad - Starring Tony Shalhoub and Neil Patrick Harris

November 26th, 2020


Stark Raving Mad WAS a show. Starring comedic powerhouses Neil Patrick Harris and Tony Shaloub, this odd-couple type sitcom was about a fast-rising Junior Editor (Harris) paired with an eccentric bestselling horror …

Big Wave Dave’s - A Show about Hawaii...without Hawaii

November 12th, 2020


Big Wave Dave’s WAS a show. During a particularly bad winter blizzard, three yuppie dudes from Chicago decide to pull up their stakes and move to …

Hi Honey, I’m Home! - The Sitcom That Could Have Inspired Pleasantville

October 29th, 2020


Hi Honey, I’m Home! WAS a show. It’s about what happens when a 50s sitcom family moves in next door to a 90s sitcom family. Set in present day (90s) New Jersey, the 50s characters are living in hiding—part of the …

The Charmings - Fairytale Characters Invade Suburban LA

October 8th, 2020


The Charmings WAS a show. Once Upon a Time, three podcast hosts were perplexed by a strange sitcom about fairytale characters living in 1980s …

A Very Special Episode: Interview with Jonathan Wolff, Composer of 75 Sitcoms from Townies to Seinfeld

September 24th, 2020


Jonathan Wolff is a prolific composer, best known for his iconic themes and musical scores for hit shows like Will & Grace, Married...with …

AfterMASH - The Aftermath of M*A*S*H

September 10th, 2020


AfterMASH WAS a show. It was a spinoff of M*A*S*H...obviously! The show follows three characters from the original series after they return home from …

The Golden Palace - A Spinoff of The Golden Girls (with Samantha MacAdam)

August 27th, 2020


The Golden Palace WAS a show. It was a spinoff of The Golden Girls—but subtract Bea Arthur, and add Don Cheadle and Cheech Marin. They sell their …

Joanie Loves Chachi - A Phrase Everyone Knows!

August 13th, 2020


Joanie Loves Chachi WAS a show. You’ve probably heard of it, but never actually seen it! It was the Happy Days spin-off that spun out. The series mixes traditional sitcom elements with musical performances, as Joanie …

DVD Bonus Features: Davis Rules Deleted Scenes

August 4th, 2020


Welcome to our first ever That Was a Show? bonus episode...Davis Rules Deleted Scenes! From the 90s obsession with mini golf, to our adolescent …

Davis Rules - Starring Randy Quaid

July 28th, 2020


Davis Rules WAS a show. Legendary comedian Jonathan Winters riffs to his heart’s content, while bombastic movie star Randy Quaid plays a calm, …

Muddling Through - Starring Jennifer Aniston

July 14th, 2020


Muddling Through WAS a show. It’s the story of Connie Drago, an ex-con who returns from prison to run the family roadhouse diner/motel and reunite with her daughters. But really it’s the story of a sitcom featuring …

Townies - Starring Molly Ringwald, Jenna Elfman, Lauren Graham, Ron Livingston and Bill Burr

June 30th, 2020


Townies WAS a show. It’s like Friends but set in a blue collar fishing village in Massachusetts. It starred Molly Ringwald, pre-Dharma Jenna Elfman …

Woops! - A Sitcom about Nuclear Apocalypse

June 22nd, 2020


Whoops! WAS a show. Actually they spelled it "Woops!" When an accidental nuclear holocaust destroys the planet, it’s up to six lone survivors to …

Teen Angel - Or Why You Should Never Eat a Six Month Old Hamburger

June 22nd, 2020


Teen Angel WAS a show. Apparently there needed to be a boy’s equivalent of Sabrina the Teenage Witch, so they kill a teen by having him eat a six …

Pilot: Aliens in the Family

June 22nd, 2020


Aliens in the Family WAS a show. This late 90s sitcom was the answer to a question no one asked: what if you combined the blended family shenanigans of the Brady Bunch with the muppets from the Jim Henson Company's …

Introducing: That Was a Show?

May 30th, 2020


Coming soon to your favourite pod box...

The podcast about failed or forgotten sitcoms from the 80s and 90s!

Hosted by Brynn, Aaron and Barry …

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